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"This series has been brutally ugly at times, with nontroversies and laughably bad hitting in big spots and the worst managerial decisions of the round. It’s also been as tense and as closely played as you could hope for. The tying run has batted in every ninth inning. The winning team trailed in the eighth twice, and in the ninth once, and almost the entire series has been played with neither team up by more than two runs. Heroes have included a guy who was in the majors in 2004 and a guy who was in the minors on September 2. The best player in the series so far is 21 years old. The second-best, I’d argue, is 38. The Cardinals bullpen has blown a two-run lead in the ninth and then tossed 5 1/3 shutout innings in a comeback win the next."